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Paddle Down the Tay Canal

Paddle down the Tay Canal

Canoeists and kayakers are invited to come for a paddle down the Tay Canal, on Saturday, September 27, with the Friends of the Tay Watershed and the Lanark County Stewardship Council.

Our trip will start at 10:00am, at Last Duel Dock, on the east side of Perth, and run down the Tay to Beveridge Locks, a distance of about 10 kms. We will provide refreshments at the Locks and bus transportation back to Perth to pick up vehicles. There is no cost for this trip.

This tour is to provide an early look at the Tay Canal and Marsh, in preparation for its upcoming 175th Anniversary in 2009 – and to mark the canal receiving World Heritage Site designation last year, by UNESCO. We will take advantage of this tour to do a shoreline cleanup, tying into the TD Bank’s annual national Program, taking place across Canada from September 21-28 (participation is optional).

This is a beautiful wildlife area that we believe you will enjoy. It is a quiet paddle, with no rapids, down the Tay Canal and River for a few kilometres, before opening into the provincially significant Tay Marsh, home to many bird species. After several kilometres, the route turns down the second Canal arm to Beveridge Locks. See the website at www.tayriver.org  for more description and aerial photographs.

If you plan on participating, please advise by e-mail or telephone (613-264 0094) – particularly if you wish to take the bus back from Beveridge Locks to Perth to pick up your car.

Please join us – and don’t forget to bring the required canoe equipment with you (a list of this and a link to the MOT official website is provided at the above website).

Friends of the Tay Watershed Community Stewardship Council for Lanark County
Friends of the Tay Watershed
P. O. Box 2065, 57 Foster St.
Perth, ON, K7H 3M9
(613) 264 0094

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Friends of the Tay Watershed to host address by Jamie Fortune on Wetland Conservation

To Members and Friends of Friends of the Tay Watershed:

On Wednesday, February 13, the Friends of the Tay Watershed will host an address by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) that we believe will be of considerable interest in our community.

DUC’s Regional Director for Ducks Unlimited, Jamie Fortune, will provide a presentation on that organization’s major wetland conservation program in this area – made possible in part through their large water-taking permits. In addition to being a leader in wetland preservation, DUC accounts for 98% of the water-taking permits in the Tay watershed alone.

This presentation is the second of our series, titled “Perspectives on Water”, organized to inform the community and promote discussion on selected issues concerning our water resources.

This session will take place at the Perth & District Collegiate Institute on Wednesday, February 13, at 7:30pm.

Further information on this event may be viewed at http://www.tayriver.org/documents/ducs_pr-feb.htm (or www.tayriver.org click on ‘Events’).

Thank you.

Friends of the Tay Watershed
P. O. Box 2065, 57 Foster St.
Perth, ON, K7H 3M9
(613) 264 0094
www.tayriver.org

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